Tinkle Trousers Review, by Amy Cook
This is a great product I found that can be used for dogs AND cats! We have a Boston Terrier with kidney disease and now, a kidney stone. Naturally he is being vetted but still he often urinates uncontrollably.
After researching and trying different things, the easiest thing I found for him was baby diapers. However, fitting baby diapers for a male dog is not an easy task. It often leaks through since they pee in the front of the diaper, and so often in the mornings he would have a wet diaper, wet skin, and a wet kennel floor and/or blankie.
I happened upon a product called Tinkle Trousers. Hmmm, looked interesting, but pricey! I looked and looked at their page trying to determine whether to spend the money. I decided I’ve tried most everything else so I decided to go ahead and give them a whirl. The company lets you exchange the size within 14 days if needed. Well, our Boston is naturally not any 1 size. After measuring and measuring and measuring (it’s a simple arm pit to rectum measurement) I found the tape measure was telling the truth – per my luck he really did fall in between 2 sizes! There are lots of areas where it can be adjusted but I was still unsure of which size to order. I consulted the company via email and they always kindly returned my email with tips and advice. I placed my order and within a couple of days I had it.
They send along one pad/diaper (depending on which size you order) so you can use it right away. Unfortunately, this particular pad did not hold all his urine. We tried other brands and different pads but nothing worked really well. I emailed the company to see if they knew of anything else and they recommended Tena male ‘guards.’ They’re triangular shaped so that helps to catch more of the flow. In our small town I had a hard time finding the Tena male guard but the company had suggested Walgreens, and BINGO! They had them. If nothing else, I can order them online. Since we’ve bought the Tena male guards, there has hardly been any leakage at all. What there has been, I believe, comes from him shifting around in the mornings after waking him up. The only thing is, some of the sticky part of the pad comes off on the trousers, but it can be taken off easily with some dish soap or Goop.
The device is washable, but must only be hanged to dry. My only other issue with the product is the buckles. If you have arthritis or are in a hurry to get the device off the dog, it can be a bit difficult. According to the company they used to make the buckles larger but they were too heavy for small dogs. They are looking into utilizing Velcro, but it hasn’t been put into production yet. I would be more than willing to purchase another Tinkle Trouser if they come out with the Velcro!
Many people say their pets can sleep in the bed with them again. We have only been using this a short time and have not tried to have him back in the bed just yet.
Tinkle Trousers come in many, many sizes and colors, and the people there have been very good to us so far. If you can swing it, I would certainly purchase one. www.tinkletrousers.com